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[PRINCE, Thomas]

The Vade Mecum for America: Or a Companion for Traders and Travellers: Containing...

Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green for D. Hencilman at the Corner Shop, the South Side of the Town-House & T. Hancock at the Bible and Three Crowns in Ann-Street, Boston, 1732
Tall 16mo (180 x 75 mm.), full contemporary calf, blind panelled, rebacked preserving original spine with blind ruled compartments. [2], vi, 220 pp., later endpapers, some occasional light foxing otherwise in good condition.
The first pocket sized road guide for the traveller in the North American colonies. This is the second edition following on from the first issued the previous year. The work is attributed to Thomas Prince because of an example of the work surviving at the Boston Public Library. Prince was a bibliophile, historian and pastor of the Old South Church in Boston. prominent clergyman in Boston. The book is divided into six sections as outlined on the title page: I. Values of various commodities, II. Simple & Compound Interest, III. Names of Towns & Counties between Maine and Virginia with the times of Court sittings, IV. Times of General Meetings of Baptists & Quakers, V. Principal Roads between Kennebec (Maine) and Jamestown, Virginia, VI. Table of the Kings and Queens of England followed by various tables of Arithmetic and geography and a Directory of the streets of Boston including references to the various taverns and public houses. Provenance: Dorothy Sloan Auctions 21 November 1999 lot 56. Evans 3598; Howes P616; Sabin 98274.
Stock number: 8909
$ 2,950
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